Gift Guide for Runners

gift guideLooking for last-minute gift ideas for the runner on your list?

We conducted an informal social media survey to find out what’s at the top of runners’ lists this year. Here’s what we found out: Continue reading “Gift Guide for Runners”

How I Finished My First Marathon

Shelley's DiaryIt’s been about a week since the California International Marathon, and it’s still positively surreal to me. I actually ran a marathon!

And I finished!

One year ago, this wasn’t even something I was considering. I was planning my 2017 race schedule, including at least 3-4 half marathons, but a marathon was not even a glimmer of a thought.

Nowhere in the plan. At all.

And now, I am a marathoner.

How did that happen? Continue reading “How I Finished My First Marathon”

Marathon Training and My Theory about Tapering

Shelley's DiaryWell, all of the long runs of my marathon training are done. The hay is in the barn, as my coach said. (apparently that’s the thing to say after marathon training is complete!) I did my first official 20 mile race last weekend.

And I think I’ve discovered why there is a taper between long runs and the marathon

My theory is that it’s kind of like childbirth. Continue reading “Marathon Training and My Theory about Tapering”

The Great American Smokeout: “Training Day” for Quitting Smoking

Great American Smokeout - Training DayMark Twain famously said, “Giving up smoking is easy. I know because I’ve done it thousands of times.”

As a former smoker, I can relate. I don’t remember how many times I quit. But I would never consider those times “failures”. They were learning opportunities.

“Training,” if you will, for the day it would finally stick.

Continue reading “The Great American Smokeout: “Training Day” for Quitting Smoking”

More Adventures in Marathon Training

Shelley's DiaryKeeping the long runs interesting in one’s hometown can be challenging. Especially when you live in a “big little city” where the long run takes you from one end of town to the other.

And I learned a lesson this past weekend. Continue reading “More Adventures in Marathon Training”

What should I eat before I run?

what should I eat before I run?What should I eat before I run? It’s an important question to answer. What and when you eat before a run can make a huge difference in how you feel during the run.

Too much of the wrong thing, too soon before the run, can make you feel sick; while too little of anything can leave you with low energy. Either scenario makes completing the run more challenging than it needs to be.

It’s a lot of trial and error. And it’s very personal. Continue reading “What should I eat before I run?”

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